Category Archives: Urban scene

Chimneys on the graduation marquee

Monday 9th December 2019, 10.55am (day 3,028)

Graduation tent chimneys, 9/12/19

I made it onto campus today, at least. I like this shot of the ventilation chimneys outside the tents set up to suppor this week’s graduation ceremonies; look at the top-right third of the shot and see how it is disorted by the heat coming out of the main stack.

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Lost ball (definitively so)

Saturday 7th December 2019, 2.25pm (day 3,026)

Lost ball, 7/12/19

OK, technically it’s not ‘lost’ but I would say this ball is pretty definitively out of action. You can imagine the sulky face on the eight-year old owner, however, as he tries grumpily to get Mum and Dad to acknowledge that if only he had a big enough stick all would be fine…

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Christmas wishes and Turing

Thursday 5th December 2019, 9.00am (day 3,024)

Wishes and Turing, 5/12/19

Did not feel a great deal more interested in engaging with the world today than I did yesterday, but was obliged to haul myself into Manchester in any case. The city seems to have definitively adopted Alan Turing (that’s him…) as one of its own, despite the fact that he only spent the very last portion of his truncated life here. But hey, there are many worse and less significant people to eulogise.

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Solitary

Wednesday 4th December 2019, 10.50am (day 3,023)

Chair in garden, 4/12/19

Really didn’t feel like engaging with people today. Let this shot be a metaphor for that state of mind…. or perhaps, just the only thing I really felt like photographing today, up in the garden. At least the sun was shining. This was the day’s only redeeming feature.

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The optimist

Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 8.15am (day 3,022)

Tod market, 3/12/19

The outdoor stalls at Todmorden market stay there permanently, and well before the presumed 9am opening time of the rest of the enterprise, this guy was out with his boxes trying to get the early morning trade. There wasn’t any, hence the title of this post. I like this shot because it’s the one I was trying to take, and the car headlight poking through the struts is the final bonus.

What, on the other hand, was I doing in Todmorden — as opposed to being somewhat nearer Manchester — at this time in the morning? Don’t ask. Just part of the Conservative Party’s Annual Autumn Travel Lottery.

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Lost wok

Tuesday 19th November 2019, 9.45am (day 3,008)

Lost wok, 19/11/19

My latest post in the occasional series, “random items strangely abandoned by the roadside”. There have been a number of shoes in this series, a pair of spectacles once. But kitchen utensils? That’s a new one. There must be a story behind this. Not just that a perfectly servicable wok was dumped, but dumped in this specific place. Someone, somewhere, knows why.

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On campus (early, and wet)

Tuesday 12th November 2019, 8.10am (day 3,001)

Campus Greenhouse 12/11/19

I do still turn up on campus now and again but because of the increasingly painful train journey that it takes to get there — and, just as importantly, back — I am trying to do so less and less. Rainy mornings (which lead to me smelling damp all day) are no help either. But every so often I have little choice.

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Joe on a Sunday morning

Sunday 10th November 2019, 9.50am (day 2,999)

On way to station, 10/11/19

Following my lament about the day’s football match on Saturday’s blog post, I shall not depict it — but here is Joe on his way to it, on a very pleasant November morning.

Golly, look what tomorrow is — day 3,000 of the blog. It would be nice to mark this with some momentous journey of some kind, but it ain’t gonna happen, as I will be spending the day working here in Hebden Bridge. But as with every other day on here, I will do my best — let us see what the light brings.

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World’s tallest fountain, Jeddah

Saturday 2nd November 2019, 9.00pm (day 2,991)

Jeddah fountain, 2/11/19

Here I am for the weekend in Jeddah, second largest city in Saudi Arabia and home of some very tall things. For a start, visible here, the world’s tallest fountain, which fires tonnes of the Red Sea some 900 – 1,000 feet high (depending on how it is measured) into the sky. Somewhere not far behind me as I took this was the world’s tallest flagpole as well, and they’re working on what will become the world’s tallest building, apparently. But then again isn’t every modern city with aspirations, these days.

This is the blog’s first trip to Saudi Arabia, but my second. I went to Riyadh in 2008, which I just found weird (but with good food). Jeddah is more liberal, and also a lot more humid than expected. Food’s still good, though.

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Start of the journey

Monday 28th October 2019, 7.35am (day 2,986)

HB station, gold, 28/10/19

One of those days where I travelled quite some distance, took quite a few photos of places I had not been before, yet am obilged to admit that the very first one of the day was the best — taken in the familiar surroundings of Hebden Bridge rail station. Ah, the station in the morning — those first steps on a journey that could lead one anywhere. Until, in my case, one gets as far as Preston then has to sit out a 70-minute delay thanks to Virgin Trains not really being bothered. Which pops the romantic bubble somewhat. But at 7.35am all that lay in the future.

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